Is ThAt A sUpRa!?

Is that genuinely a Supra? *rubs eyes*

Most would likely say no, some would say yes, and there would probably be a whole lot of maybes. But why is that? Is it because the chassis and powertrain are shared with BMW or that it doesn't follow the design trends of the previous generations? Many enthusiasts look at the JZA80 Supra through rose tinted glasses from its time on the silver screen and being the basis for extremely high-powered builds. Hearing of JZA80s with engines producing upwards of 1000whp has become somewhat normal over the years and perhaps this change in direction from the new chassis may affect perception, but change is always welcome and we're glad Toyota was driven to bring performance back into its model range.

The new Supra can be believed to have started life as a concept called the FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sports) concept in the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan). The coupe featured a V6 powertrain assisted by electric motors. This concept helped to spawn the GT86 entry-level sports coupe. Toyota watched the sales figures of the ZC/ZN6 very closely, as they would reflect how the Supra would ultimately sell as well. Another concept known as the FT-1 was shown in 2013 to gather public reaction and was speculated to be the new Supra. In 2014, the first patents were filed for the new Supra nameplate, alluding to the fact there was a new generation coming. Toyota chose to work with BMW to produce a chassis to use as the new "G29" Z4 was being developed.

The new "A90" Supra debuted at the 2019 North American International Auto Show and now branded as the Toyota GR Supra. GR stands for Gazoo Racing, which is the performance and motorsport division of Toyota Motor Corporation. It replaces Toyota Team Europe and Toyota Technocraft, including their subsidiaries. As mentioned previously, the Supra and Z4 are both based on the same chassis and share the same wheelbase (2470mm or 97.2 in). However, that is where the similarities end on the outside. The Supra gained most of its looks from the FT-1 concept and softened for production. The bumper houses three large air intakes and a pointed nose similar to the concept at the front. The headlights are rounded and house three LED projectors. The large hood features rounded edges and drapes over the fenders. Both of these are drawn from the front end design of the JZA80. But the similarities don't end there. The doors have the same rounded edges, and the window profile adds a pronounces Hofmeister kink. The rear features thin LED taillights and a rolled lip on the tailgate, just like the JZA80.

Clifford and his girlfriend, Cindy, own this particular Supra. Knowing Cliff for as long as we have. He's no stranger to modified cars, owning a Pandem kitted Porsche Cayman known famously as the "Hype Bunny." Keeping the Supra stock couldn't be done. Cliff contacted StreetHunter Designs (who are based in California) and ordered their newly completed widebody kit and has the first completed kit in Canada. The new aero additions consisted of wider front fenders and rear flares (+45mm at the front and +60mm at the rear), extensions for the bumpers, doors and hood, new side skirts to accentuate the width, a new front lip, and lastly, a pedestal spoiler that mimics the TRD 3000GT spoiler for the JZA80.

Under the sculpted clamshell hood sits the B58B30C, a 3.0-liter all-aluminum inline-six equipped with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve timing and lift, water to air intercooler (which is integrated with the intake manifold), and direct fuel injection (similar to the 2JZ-GTE, but brought into modern times). The six-cylinder produces 335hp and 369lb/ft of torque. Helping put that power to the rear wheels is a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and an accompanying electronic active rear differential. The Supra is capable of 0-100km/hr (62mph) in 4.2 seconds, pulls through the quarter-mile in 12 seconds flat, and continues onto an electronically limited top speed of 250km/hr (155mph). Cliff mentions that a new turbocharger upgrade in the form of a Pure Turbos 800 unit and a Frequency Intelligent exhaust system, complete with downpipe, is in the works for the near future.

Underneath the curvaceous body, the Supra sits on double jointed Macpherson struts at the front and a multi-link design at the rear, which uses aluminum components. The struts are adaptive units that can adjust damping force in response to driver input and road conditions, which will later be ditched in favour of a set of Air Lift Performance struts and bags with a management system to achieve a more appropriate stance for the newfound width. The sporty Toyota comes with a laundry list of standard safety features to go along with its performance, such as a pre-collision warning system that can help avoid pedestrians and forward collisions at certain speeds. Other features include adaptive cruise control (based on radar), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane departure warning system. With the Supra being quick on its feet (or instead its tires), the braking system needed to keep up. Multi-piston calipers from Brembo bite down on large diameter vented discs. ABS and stability control are standard as well. The electrohydraulic power steering system is also tuned for performance-oriented driving. The new wide arches needed to be filled appropriately. Cliff added a set of ESR Forged 3-piece wheels measuring 19x10 and 19x12 (front and rear), wrapped in 265 and 295 wide Yokohama Advan tires.

So we suppose to answer our question at the beginning after considering everything that makes this new car. We would say it absolutely is another incarnation of the Supra, with all of the design elements taken from the JZA80 and a turbocharged inline-six that has an excellent aftermarket base. The new Supra is ready to take the throne beside its forefathers.

-Team 604

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